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1999 Buick Century Review
Bland American reliability.
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Buick is known for putting out reliable, no-nonsense sedans that are relatively low frills and low thrills. The 1999 Buick Century continues this tradition by providing a large, spacious and simple model with clean yet bland looks. A longtime favorite with rental companies and mature customers for its ease of maintenance and general utilitarianism, it provides adequate performance and top-of-its-class cargo and passenger room.
The 1999 Buick Century does not introduce much in the way of new amenities or styling. What the new model year does bring is a number of improvements in the safety and handling departments. While the handling improvements will not make the Century a performance car, it does make the steering more responsive and more reliable in adverse weather conditions. The 1999 Buick Century also marks the first year of the Century being Buick’s entry-level car, with the ending of the Skylark line in 1998.
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century Custom, Buick Century Limited
Much of what’s new in the 1999 Buick Century is in the area of safety. Many of these safety improvements are being made standard, including a traction control system, tire pressure monitor, and four-wheel anti-lock brake system. The suspension has been modified to provide better handling and a smoother ride. Both models also received a new, upgraded standard sound system.
From the outside, the 1999 Buick Century remains a plain, no-nonsense vehicle with little flash. Buick designers have avoided any of the current trends in styling and stuck to a classic European-style sedan look. Some critics have called it outdated and boring, but it continues to have a great number of supporters for its inoffensive appearance. The wide headlights and basic grille avoid the bug-eyed look that seems to be becoming more popular in sedans.
The 1999 Buick Century is plain and contemporary on the inside with large and easy to use components. Overall, the interior is extremely spacious with room for five adult comfortably. The rear seating is still slightly elevated, and the seats are very deep, causing the passengers to sink into them. The ride is very quiet from the inside. The Century also gives plenty of space for cargo with an exceptionally deep trunk. The interior suffers from the overuse of hard plastics. The car comes with the great feature of lock-out protection, so the power door won’t lock with the key in the ignition.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Buick Century is not a car that is built for exceptional performance or handling, but it does hold its own. The 170-horsepower V-6 provides plenty of power to get the fully-loaded sedan moving and to cruise at a comfortable speed. In refining the suspension, Buick lessened the body roll and floating ride that had been a major issue in former model years.
The 1999 Buick Century comes with plenty of safety features to ensure a safe ride for the passengers. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control keep the car on the road. Driver and passenger airbags come standard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Century slightly above-average ratings in front and side crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Century ""acceptable"" or ""good"" ratings in all tested categories.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Sturdy V-6
- Decent fuel economy
- Plenty of safety features
You Won't Like
- Bland styling
- More expensive than many similar cars
- Rear seats are exceptionally deep
Bland American reliability.
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